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Where to Eat in Rio de Janeiro, pt 2

Rio de Janeiro is not known for its food, but there are some really tasty and cost effective restaurants in Copacabana. |DineWithDani

When I traveled to Rio de Janeiro for Carnaval 2018, I stayed in Copacabana. I typcially ate in that neighborhood for convenience. Rio de Janeiro is not known for its food, however there are some really tasty and cost effective options in Copacabana.

(1) Temperarte
Temperarte Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Por kilo buffets are a dime a dozen in Rio de Janeiro. Por kilos are restaurants that charge you based on how much your food weighs. The menus of por kilos all overlap in one way or another. Finding one that serves all your favorite things cooked well is the challenge. Temperarte was that place for me. Close to the apartment in Copacabana, well priced, tasty and clean. Every day they had baked fish, roasted chicken, steak, feijao, shredded beets, aipo e aipim, potato salad and so much more. Our Brazilian friends always laughed at how much I would eat. NOTE: If you’re hungry, ask them how much for all-you-can-eat. It costs slightly more, but it will save you money if you think you’ll want to get more than one plate of food.

(2) Cervantes
Cervantes Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato The restaurant appears to be Don Quixote themed (I could be wrong), but the menu is not. They are known for their sandwiches, yet I found the other items on the menu to be just as appealing. One of my favorite things about the restaurant is that, despite the casually dressed clientele, the servers are dressed traditionally in white jackets and there are no cell phones allowed. Guests must interact with one another. The other thing that came to endear the place to me is that it is open late– even on Wednesday, when seemingly everything in Copacabana closes early. NOTE: I have a new found respect for beef and pineapple served together on one sandwich.

(3) Galeto Sat’s
Galeto Sat's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Anthony Bourdain put this on my radar. He called it the perfect place to eat after a night of drinking in Rio de Janeiro. My first visit in 2014 was midday and I was underwhelmed. The food wasn’t great, but it wasn’t mindblowing either. I finally got around to visiting in 2018, after an amazing night of pagode, club hopping and dancing in the streets of Lapa. On the way I had to dodge a potential attacker, but with the help of a newsstand worker I made it safely to Galeto Sat’s and saw the huge crowd. I knew that late night must really be the time to go. Surprisingly, the picanha with onions and farofa served with ice cold beer was exactly what I needed. I can’t wait to go back.

(4) Bar do David
Bar do David Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - ZomatoBe very clear, this place is not exactly in Leme. It is firmly established in a favela at the back of Leme. But many asphalt dwellers (middle class people) gladly make their way up the hill (into the favela) for this hidden gem. International celebrities and politicians have been to Bar do David for the amazing cuisine. Its not just your run of the mill bar or boteco. This place is gourmet. Beautiful seafood, juicy ribs, wildly tantilzing cachacas and more make this place special– along with David’s bright personality. I hope to get a group together next time and make an evening of it. Note: You can walk it, but I advise taking a mototaxi up the hill if one is available.

(5) Crack dos Galetos
Crack dos Galetos Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Like any other chicken restaurant, this place has a straight forward menu. You’re going to want to get a whole bird and two or more sides depending on how many people you’re eating with. It is super casual and loud. If you’re in the neighborhood (Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro) and really want to eat something fast, tasty and cheap– stop here. NOTE: The space is not made for groups as it only has counter seating.

For more recommendations, see my earlier post: Where to Eat in Rio de Janeiro pt 1.

Where To Eat in Miami

I recently traveled to Florida to celebrate my birthday. I checked out a few spots based on recommendations of TV personalities, friends and locals. Here is my round up of faves. Check them out when you’re there.

IMG_2365[1]Legit, the most Carioca place I’ve ever been in the U.S. I’ve been to Brazilian spots in Atlanta, DC, Los Angeles and New York. This was very special. I only wish I had my samba sisters with me. The DJ played all of my faves from Timbalada to Zeca Pagodinho. And the live band played all the latest and greatest in pagode. We went on Saturday (my actual birthday) which is their weekly feijoada (a dinner centered around black bean stew). The caipirinhas were on point, the food was delicious, the atmosphere was lively and colorful. It was a great time.
DineWithDani recommends: The caipirinhas are perfect.
Boteco Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

La Camoronera Seafood Joint & Fish Market
This spot is tucked in Little Havana, which is not exactly a neighborhood that most tourists venture to. I didn’t feel unsafe when I got there, but we did drive through some areas that looked bombed out, abandoned and forgotten. The restaurant is small, but the service is fast and pleasant. Locals know and respect this place with good reason.
DineWithDani recommends: Anything involving shrimp is the reason you go. Period. 
La Camaronera Seafood Joint & Fish Market Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Rusty Pelican
IMG_2364[1]This is a classic upscale seafood restaurant. Every Floridian knows, has been or recommends this place. Located on Key Biscayne, it offers a stellar waterfront view of Downtown Miami. The menu hits all the marks: oyster, lobsters, fresh fish and delicious sides. This was a surprise dinner for me and it didn’t disappoint. Tip: Sit outside at night and enjoy the view. Its very romantic. The couple across from us couldn’t stop making out. They felt it! You will too.
DineWithDani recommends: The oysters and lobsters are actually not over priced.

Rusty Pelican Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Flanigans Seafood Bar
This spot may be the opposite of the Rusty Pelican– a local chain of hole-in-the wall bars serving up seafood classics. One thing I noticed: almost nothing on the menu is fried. But you can get a whole fish with two sides for a nominal price. You’ll find lots of beers to choose from, a full bar and loads of TVs tuned to sports. This is paradise for my man. Beer, sports, seafood, flip-flops-level casual attire and loud music. No wonder he was excited to show me this spot.
DineWithDani recommends: The clam chowder surprised me, as did the shrimp alfredo and smoked fish dip!
Flanigan's Seafood Bar & Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
IMG_2363[1]This southern restaurant in South Beach rivals some of the top spots in Atlanta. The server (who was from Atlanta) said they were known for their Chicken & Waffles & Watermelon. Girl, what? I mentally moved past the addition of watermelon and ordered the entree which is meant to be shared. It was perfection. The music is retro. The cocktails are hand crafted and strong. And the guests are a hodgepodge of locals, tourists, celebrities and notables. I sat next to someone from the cast of Empire (who was on a date). That’s all I’m going to say. LOL. The tables are so tight together, however, that I could have eaten off their plates. But instead I talked to the couples on the other side of me about all kinds of shenanigans and we shut the restaurant down with raucous laughter. All in all one of my favorite nights in Miami. I can’t wait to go back.
DineWithDani recommends: Obviously the Chicken & Waffles and & Watermelon are worth ordering, but also the charred okra is a great addition.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

A Touch of Cuba
On our last day, we went on an adventure looking for something obscure I’d heard about. This worked up an appetite and we thought back to the Cuban spot that looked packed out at 9am. Around 11am we stopped there for an early lunch. This teeny spot in Hallandale serves Cuban classics with a smile. And much like the rest of Hallendale: no muss, no fuss. And it’s all good in the hood.
DineWithDani recommends: The coffee. I’d never go to starbucks again if I lived near this place.
A Touch of Cuba Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Restaurant Recommendation| Holeman and Finch Public House

Holeman & Finch Public House has not only garnered the attention of Atlanta Foodies, but the culinary industry at-large has recognized it’s genius. Atlanta Magazine and Esquire Magazine (among others) laud the burgers, but this spot brings so much more to the table.

H&F Lamb Shoulder

After the L5P Halloween Parade, fast food simply would not do. A second trip to Atlanta’s hottest restaurant was necessary. That week alone, I had heard three coworkers name this place as their favorite during a leadership workshop and I was anxious to see what the buzz was about. So I wasn’t that surprised when there was a two-hour wait on a Tuesday night. Unfortunately, I was so hungry then that I settled for tacos at my favorite work-week lunch spot.

On Saturday, following the parade, I checked the website and saw that the restaurant was opening for dinner as the parade ended. So we floored it from Little 5 Points to Buckhead. No valet line, no wait, no crowds. We were seated at a corner nook near the back of this small establishment. Perfect for date night. The server, dressed in plaid shirt, fitted denim and cool sneakers with colors matching the plaid came over to drop off the menus.

Truthfully, I was a little overwhelmed at first. The menu is not set up into appetizers, entrees, sides and desserts. Parts, plates, farm, and “ground, stuffed, cured, fermented and tied” are the headers. Lamb champagne, cured south carolina tripletail collar, finocchiona. What? I had to put on my food-network-thinking-cap to figure exactly what these items were based on their vague descriptions.  Of course, I’m not afraid to ask a server to describe a dish and make recommendations.

H&F after dinner

Holeman and Finch is not quite a tapas restaurant, but “small plates” is actually appropriate. We ultimately settled on the deviled eggs, beef tartare, mussels, pork belly and lamb shoulder. Of course I always order a drink—a “belle star” in this case. And if I can swing it, I order a dessert as well. This time two. The toffee pudding and the fried apple pie…

If I described every dish we ate, this blog would be more than 1,000 words, but I will use only one for the actual review: PHENOMENAL.

Every piece of food was full of unexpected flavor and character! So many restaurants put emphasis on the design and décor, but at Holeman and Finch the food speaks for itself. It is amazing. It’s the kind of experience I want to have at every restaurant.
I debated ways to write this blog post, which explains the delay. I’ve been asked about the restaurant since dining there. I didn’t want to say too much because I love how surprised I was. I know that another visit is in order because I was too early for the renowned burgers. Only available after 10pm, these burgers are also hailed among the best in Atlanta. Holeman & Finch might get another blog post if they are as good as their word of mouth.

Note: I had no idea what “chow chow” was until I asked. Pickled vegetable. Delish! The drinks? Don’t even get me started!

Holeman and Finch Public House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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